|Skyhawk soccer players earn third consecutive OVC honor |
|Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008 3:09 pm |
| UT Martin freshman defender Kelly Ann Hutchinson was named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 9, marking three consecutive weeks that a member of the Skyhawk soccer program has been honored by the conference office. |
This is the first time in program history that the Skyhawks have had an OVC Player of the Week representative for three consecutive weeks.
Hutchinson got the Skyhawk offense going in Friday’s 4-1 win over SIU Edwardsville at the Racer-Hampton Inn Classic in Murray, Ky. The 5-5 Ontario native dribbled through the middle of the field and fired a shot from 20 yards out that found the back of the net to give the Skyhawks a 1-0 lead that they would never give back. UTM went on to win the tournament, as it was the only team to go undefeated in the two-day scramble.
“Kelly Ann is showing maturity beyond her days,” Skyhawks head coach Craig Roberts said. “She’s a young player that is breaking out of her shell in regards to showing her full potential. She has contributed in several areas and her toughness and finesse to score when need be is something we recognized in recruiting.”
Sophomore Danielle Rogers was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 2, and freshman midfielder Katie Imperiale earned OVC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 26.
The 2008 Skyhawks are also well on pace for most weekly honors in a season, as both the 2003 and 2006 teams had four weekly honorees.
Imperiale, Rogers and Hutchinson are the ninth, 10th, and 11th Skyhawks ever to be named OVC Player of the Week. Junior Sophie Cox is also on that list, as she earned the Defensive Player of the Week award for the week of Oct. 23, 2007.
The Skyhawks soccer team will make its first ever visit to the state of California this weekend for the Pacific University Tournament on Friday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 14. The Skyhawks will battle San Francisco on Friday at 6 p.m., and will challenge host Pacific on Sunday at 3 p.m.